NGC 4565

NGC 3465 from the GALAX spacecraft.  Click for larger. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NGC 3465 from the GALAX spacecraft. Click for larger. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Here’s an image from the now decommisioned GALEX spacecraft of the galaxy known as NGC 4565. Sky watchers may know this object from its listing in the Caldwell catalog as Caldwell 38.

This galaxy is ‘only’ 31 million light-years away and shines at a magnitude 9.6 in the constellation Coma Berenices. You too can see this galaxy because at thatbrightness it is well in the range of a small telesope or even binoculars and a dark sky.

Discovered in 1785 by William Herschel in 1785. It is not included in Charles Messiers catalog, probably because we are seeing it more or less edge-on. If we were able to see this full on it could possibly rival even Andromeda for brightness. Even in GALEX’s ultraviolet image we can see the galactic bulge at the center. SEDS has a nice optical image of this galaxy for comparison.

IF you have a telescope and want to check it out, point to: RA 12:36.3 DEC +25:59

3 thoughts on “NGC 4565

  1. I’m getting a little more equipment to do some more Astronomy – this galaxy for sure is on my ever growing master list of objects to see…

    Haven’t see much so far with my telescopes (for various reasons that are too convoluted to recount here…), only the Moon and Saturn (with Rings, but not Cassini’s division). I tried to view Andromeda with my bad telescope, and it was a faint fuzzy… So I look forward to a little bit more equipment.

    BTW, I looked up GALEX on Wikipedia (as I did not remember that UV space observatory) and there was an image of the Cygnus Loop it took:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ultraviolet_image_of_the_Cygnus_Loop_Nebula_crop.jpg

    By chance I had looked up the Cygnus Loop earlier today. And man, this thing is big! Too faint to observe in its entirety for us mere mortals, but 3 degrees size! Wow.

    • LOL, yeah everytime I get a new bit of gear the clouds roll on in and stay a while. Spend some time around the Big Dipper there is a mulitude of things to see and it’s there all the time. I’ll put up some targets for you from time to time.

      • If you have something interesting, by all means put it up!

        I’m just afraid my list is long already (with maybe three dozen of the easier things to observe)… And I need to get some “simple” things done first:
        – I want to take one last look at Saturn this year
        – Try my scopes on the Andromeda galaxy
        – See how the scopes cope with Jupiter
        – Maybe try one or the other of the easier Messiers
        – Split at least one double star

        And quite frankly, that will keep me occupied until November – when hopefully comet C/2012 S1, aka ISON, will put up a nice show for us all.

        And then, when I done with that, I know what gear I keep, what gear I sell, and what gear I still need for my next steps… And then I know what steps I want to take next :-)

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